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BA (Hons) Special Education needs & disabilities- Top Up

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This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.


Please note that this course is taught at the AHED site in Winchester. It is also available at Queen's Park Academy in Bournemouth - please search course code H32H.


Who is the course for?

The BA (Hons) in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is a one year ‘top up’ course which has been designed for those who have completed the Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (or equivalent qualification at level 5) and want to progress on to achieve a full Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours (BA Hons). The qualification is designed and developed for those working with children from Early Years through to secondary age who have additional needs.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

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What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to provide a programme which encourages learners to use multidisciplinary sources, drawing on academic, theoretical and practical perspectives to inform and develop their understanding of SEND, as well as their ability to critically analyse and apply theories, research and personal values which underpin professional practice. We encourage students to engage with some significant questions relating to aims, values, policies and practices, developing their ability to construct coherent, critical and reasoned argument.

Students will explore a range of philosophical, psychological and sociological perspectives and consider how each perspective underpins different approaches to SEND. Students will also consider a range of social and emotional learning programmes and the theoretical frameworks they are based on, to facilitate critical analysis of key issues in research. Students will practice, investigate and research key issues such as children's learning and development, behaviour management, diversity and inclusion. In addition, students will develop their ability to lead, support and work collaboratively and effectively with others such as parents, carers and other professionals and be able to recognise and challenge inequalities in society.

What topics will I be covering?

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Do I need any previous knowledge or entry requirements?

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview. Students should be employed in an SEND sector and have either a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Foundation Degree (or equivalent qualification at level 5) or a degree in an unrelated subject with a substantial experience of working with children in SEND Education. You should have achieved GCSE at Grade C/4 or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Mathematics.

All students who are not currently employed in an educational setting will require Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks prior to the start of the course.

What could the course lead to?

The course prepares students for a senior role in a SEND setting as well as potential progression to a PGCE course to qualify as a primary school teacher.

The fee for this course for 2022 entry is £5,950.

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Courses Information

BA (Hons) Special Education needs & disabilities- Top Up

Course Code: H30H
Course Dates: 19 Sep 2023 - 02 Jul 2024
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. For degree programmes, please note that the fee showing is charged per annum.

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